Report Claims Homeland Security Officials Considered Arresting Thousands Of Undocumented Migrant Families

The idea wasn't implemented due to the lack of detention space and likelihood of public outrage.

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| May 15 2019,

01:08 am

According to a Washington Post report, Homeland Security officials were considering a secret plan to arrest thousands of undocumented immigrant parents and children in raids across the U.S.

The idea wasn't implemented after former Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and former Immigrations and Customs Enforcement head Ron Vitiello raised concerns about the lack of detention space, diverting resources from the border and the likelihood of public outrage that would ensue.


The proposal was apparently targeted toward undocumented migrant families who were facing final deportation orders, and was meant to deter other migrants from coming across the border illegally. 

Homeland Security officials anonymously confirmed with the Associated Press that the idea was to arrest undocumented families in 10 cities with large populations of illegal immigrants, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump reportedly said he hadn't heard anything about the proposal.

The number of illegal border crossings has risen dramatically in the past few months, with more than 109,000 apprehensions at the Southern border in April alone, according to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. That's more than double the number of migrants detained during the same month in 2018. 

Border officials say they are out of resources and can’t keep up with the growing number of illegal migrants. 

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